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  1. Been singing a very long time. Reached a pinnacle and stayed there, no better, no worse, just there. The song did tax me. Ran out of wind. Lot's of chest and diaphragm work. I forget the actual recording specifics but there is chorus. Thanks for any critique. https://app.box.com/s/ipso5ggw04hjof3fym2ajkiv1efuj9vu
  2. Reading music is certainly a musician's duty to learn. Both of my sons sight read (piano, guitar and violin) and my youngest has perfect pitch. I've yet to fail him tuning his guitar by ear alone. He tunes it, I check it with a tuner, and it's spot on. We keep the house musical. My own sight reading isn't too shabby but after >>>>>>>>> years with a guitar in my hands I don't need to read a melody to know how to play it. But, I'm on the back slide of my musical journey and you're beginning so get with the pros and let them accelerate your skills. You'll only be better for it. And, thanks for the compliment on my pipes.
  3. Good source. Thanks. Didn't see mine in there but MN will flesh out their data in due time.
  4. Everything will go under lockdown until the hysteria has passed. Don't worry about it. You, being asthmatic, need to heed the warnings so don't get impatient. The so-called "belting out" simply means letting go of your inhibitions (fears) and learning where your limitations are. If you don't find them then you can't develop past them. If your asthma is a factor then you will need to work within its bounds, and testing beyond them. You have a nice voice so sing.
  5. Not bad at all, Misha. I think I hear all the right pitches where they need to be and the inflections are very listenable. I do hear some holding back. Don't do that. Get it out of your diaphragm. That's why we sing. We release what's down there needing to come out. Holding back is usually because we fear losing control if we just belt it out. I'm not speaking about volume. I speaking about power over the notes and for that to become second nature you have to stop constricting your capacity for vocalizing. Nice job and keep singing.
  6. The list is decidedly off-kilter to my eye and experience. Suggesting a Seagull S6 is a good beginner guitar tells me the rater is not a player with the experience necessary to take into account the physics of the guitar itself in the context of a new player, such as neck heft, and the S6 neck is rather hefty for a beginner. The numerical rating scores are, therefore, simple optics for simple minds but otherwise useless. A standard rule of thumb for suggesting a guitar to an entry-level person is to get out to the stores and get personal with them. Your hand has to place that F chord, not mine. You have to quickly and fluidly shift from a D-maj to a Bm to an A-maj in three strums (one per chord) and the guitar that best suits that is the one you need to consider buying. Sound is secondary to the mechanics of developing skills and the best guitar for developing skills is the one you need to buy.
  7. See garthman's post. My hands are on the large size of huge and I have zero gap-factor with the narrower nuts, meaning I'm going to mute adjacent strings and no technique is going to change that set of physics. I can effectively play two adjacent strings on a nut of 1-5/8 inch with one fingertip. That works until the notes on those two strings don't share the same fret. I wish I could play smaller necks. Even on a 1-3/4 width I have to capo 2 frets for the extra real estate if I'm going to be working up-tempo. I tune a full step down for that. So, classical guitar is my go-to until someone comes along and makes an affordable 1-7/8" - 2.00" width player. That said, I don't think I'm going to be presented with one any time soon unless I scare up my own magic.
  8. One of the characteristics of the cedar and mahogany soundboards are their susceptibility to even the slightest increases in relative humidity. If you can manage 45% they sound very nice (build-dependent) but when they start to see a rise towards 50% they begin to dampen the sound significantly. It's the primary reason I divested myself of the cedar topped Breedlove concert I had. It was fussy, I'm fussier and I didn't need the competition.
  9. If I thought of playing guitar as an exercise in copying other players I'd probably not enjoy it as much. I was playing Classical Gas on a Yamaha FG230 in late 74, having woodshed it for a year, and 6 months later put the guitar down for almost 30 years. Tommy is a couple months older than me. I sometimes wondered if I'd be anywhere near his level had I stayed as disciplined over the years as I was that first year. Then I realized probably not because I'd lost interest in listening to published music just before I quit playing to focus on writing. Tommy did the opposite. He doubled-down on his study of other players as icons to emulate where I drifted off to study just the guitar in a direction of my own. Then, life occurred and it was not defined by the acoustic guitar as Tommy's was.
  10. Here's an interesting piece of history from the link below. http://www.ovationtribute.com/Historical_Documents/Ovation_A_Braced_Guitar_Legend/Ovation_A_Braced_Guitar_Legend_06.html
  11. Idunno

    Stewmac

    Anyone here peruse their site just for grins? I went on it the other day to get something and have to say the place does inspire the building bug. If I didn't know better I might be tempted to assemble the stuff for it, or make my own just based on the optics.
  12. Their nut and bridge spacing don't work for me.
  13. Yes. Mapes extrudes most of the music wire in use for the various brands. Some claim to extrude their own but it's usually from bulk wire produced by Mapes (the Steinway piano company's preferred string maker). https://www.mapeswire.com/mapes-music-wire-types/ Their sets - https://www.mapesstrings.com/product/electric-guitar-strings/ I buy straight from them for my acoustic (don't own an electric).
  14. The Briar Road instruments are pretty nice. The builder I linked to is in the Philippines. Their most expensive guitar is under $1400.00.
  15. Just rattin' around the web turning over stones. This looks like a grass roots builder if there ever was one. Might I inquire of anyone if they've ever heard of the company, or possibly played one of their guitars? https://www.ferangeliguitar.com/ https://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=48%2C000&From=PHP&To=USD
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